By Alan Snel from LVSportsBiz.com
After LVSportsBiz.com was born in June 2017, the first person we interviewed about the Las Vegas Raiders stadium was Jeremy Aguero, who knows more about the 2016 stadium bill that gave birth to the palace. subsidized dome than anyone else.
At the time, Aguero was a senior analyst for Applied Analysis and a private consultant for the Las Vegas Stadium Authority, the public agency that worked with the Raiders on the construction of the 62,000-seat stadium. About three months ago, Aguero resigned his applied analysis job and took a leadership role with the Raiders.
When I interviewed Aguero in mid-June 2017 in his applied analysis office, I remember several bowls of M&M candy in the middle of the boardroom table – a perfect treat to disarm any reporter. .
Now an employee of the Raiders, Aguero, once again, answered our questions about the stadium which opened in 2020 but started welcoming crowds of fans in mid-2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. .
LVSportsBiz.com: As a native and local of Las Vegas, you are able to put into context the significance of this stadium in Las Vegas history and its ranking in Las Vegas history as a place of entertainment. .
Jeremy Aguero: Adding Allegiant Stadium to Las Vegas’ tourism asset inventory is transformational. It not only adds a new dimension to what Las Vegas can offer in terms of special events, but it instantly made Las Vegas an NFL city. This is something that seemed totally unattainable just a decade ago.
LVSB: I believe the Raiders stadium management company, the spin-off of AEG, has 47 annual events scheduled for the stadium – is the stadium going to achieve that number?
JA: The Allegiant Stadium is currently expected to exceed that number of events in 2022.
LVSB: I know everyone is excited about the Super Bowl in the stadium in 2024, but as you mentioned before, there are already 300,000 visitors to Super Bowl weekends every year. What do you think will be the net increase in spending with Las Vegas hosting a Super Bowl on top of a regular Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas?
JA: It’s a bit difficult to determine at this point; however, I think Super Bowl 58 will be the biggest special event (economically) in southern Nevada history.
LVSB: Given that you were instrumental in shaping the wording of the stadium bill, what was the trickiest part of building the stadium when you look back on the process?
JA: There is nothing you can say. There are 1,000 reasons why the Allegiant Stadium could have failed as a project. This was not the case, as countless stakeholders including the Raiders, the resort industry, two Governors, LVCVA and members of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee worked tirelessly to make it happen. That in itself may be the answer to your question.
LVSB: Would you say the stadium is the most important tourist building in Las Vegas?
JA: No; it would be McCarran International Airport.
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